Perfect for September and October, this is a linear walk making use of the Honister Rambler bus service. It is ideal for anyone stopping in our self catering cottages in Braithwaite, Lorton, Borrowdale or Keswick.
The bus service starts and finishes from Keswick, passing through Braithwaite, over Whinlatter and through Lorton on it’s way anti clockwise. If you chose the longer clockwise journey, then you are treated to a very scenic tour of the Borrowdale Valley, Honister Pass and Buttermere.
Using the bus allows you to enjoy this lovely walk without having to retrace your steps or find a car parking space. There are some beautiful views along the way. Remember to look back as you climb for pretty views of Crummock Water and Melbreak.
Although it is hard work climbing the inital steep mile onto Whiteside, once you get to the top and survey the ridge opening out in front of you, the reward is clear. The next few miles are simply wonderful and amongst my favourites.
The ridge has a steep drop to the right but the path is wide and clear with an easy rock step to negotiate on your way to the tops of Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike. This Western corner of the Lake District is very peaceful, a great choice for enjoying some solitude. I enjoy the contrast of colours – lush green grass, vibrant purple heather and the warm brown as the bracken starts to die off.
After strolling down the miners track at Coledale, treat yourself to a drink in the Royal Oak in the heart of Braithwaite before you make your way home to your self catering cottage. If you have been inspired to grab a last minute break then we have some great offers and availability. View details by clicking here.